Bozeman, Montana

Elevation: 4810 FT

Population: 37280

County: Gallatin

One of the most diverse small towns in the Rocky Mountain West, Bozeman is blessed with an eclectic mix of ranchers, artists, professors, ski enthusiasts and entrepreneurs, drawn here by world-class outdoor recreation, Montana State University and a slice of old fashioned Americana. Travel through 4 billion years of Earth's history at the Museum of the Rockies, featuring a planetarium, paleontology, ethnology and displays of dinosaurs and dinosaur eggs unearthed in Montana, as well as Plains Indian artifacts, pioneer exhibits and Western art exhibits and a full-scale T. Rex.

Downtown Bozeman has been an important and historic gateway to the West for more than 100 years, as its merchants have outfitted explorers, miners, ranchers and the army with supplies to sustain them. Today, downtown features rows of turn-of-the-century buildings and more than 100 shops and restaurants that line this beautiful and historic retail corridor. Art and culture are alive and well in Bozeman. It is home to many museums, talented artists and excellent galleries. Bozeman is also home to Montana's largest and most accessible airport.

Bozeman is surrounded by six mountain ranges, thousands of acres of Custer Gallatin National Forest and hundreds of miles of blue-ribbon trout streams, so recreation opportunities are virtually endless. Bozeman is an important winter recreation area, having been named the number one place to work and live in North America if you're a skier, by Powder magazine. In addition to an expansive network of trails for Nordic skiing, Bozeman boasts two major ski areas: Bridger Bowl, located 16 miles northeast of town, and Big Sky Resort, 45 miles to the south.

Every August, Bozeman hosts one of Montana's biggest art festivals. The Sweet Pea Festival weaves together a rich tapestry of art, music, dance, theater and food in this lively town.

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